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  1. Guangzhou may be venue for NBA games

    Posted Aug 15th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Guangzhou could host US National Basketball Association (NBA) matches under a deal between the city and a major American sports and entertainment company, a city official said yesterday. The GT Sports & Entertainment Company had signed an agreement to promote Guangzhou as a sports and entertainment venue, an official with the city's sports bureau said. The company would ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424823/guangzhou-may-be-venue-nba-games
  2. $6.5m seals Chinese connection

    Posted Aug 13th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... A Guangdong property firm has paid $6.5 million to end a dispute that threatened Chinese soccer international Li Tie's career with English club Everton. Yesterday's surprise move also keeps a Shenzhen phone firm's name on the club's sh ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/424663/65m-seals-chinese-connection
  3. Diving star's commercial splash rocks ship of state

    Posted Feb 14th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... of a fierce debate over who owns the commercial right of the country's sports stars. The controversy was sparked by the decision of the National Sports Administration to expel Olympic gold ... and silver medals in Sydney in 2000 and gold and bronze at the Athens Olympics in August last year. Like other mainland sports stars, he wants to emulate the earning power of basketball superstar Yao ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/488921/diving-stars-commercial-splash-rocks-ship-state
  4. Quiksilver takes big leap of faith in the mainland

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Extreme sports are gaining in China and one US firm is right at the front of the attack, writes Mark O'Neill in Shanghai The world's biggest outdoor skateboard stadium ... it is trying the formula it uses abroad to attract customers: promotion and sponsorship of extreme sports, surfing, and skateboarding and snowboarding. Shanghai has about 300 skateboarders ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/510487/quiksilver-takes-big-leap-faith-mainland
  5. Ancient footy

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... are expected to watch two of the oldest sports in the world- Gaelic football and hurling, played for centuries before soccer and rugby were invented. Written records describe hurling in the 5th century ... Liberation Army band playing the Chinese and Irish anthems. The games are an attempt to popularise sports that were historically associated only with the Irish. The Gaelic Athletic Association, set ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/516898/ancient-footy
  6. Patriotic hurdle

    Posted Oct 11th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... indifference to an important historical milestone. 'For most people, it is just an occasion to enjoy time off work,' said Tang Lijun, the manager of a sports stadium. 'The majority ... elephants that feed the vanity of leaders who want to promote the city abroad. They say that the billions of yuan invested should have been spent instead on sports grounds, swimming pools and other ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519921/patriotic-hurdle
  7. Brain gain

    Posted Nov 29th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... Mark O'Neill, Shanghai Guillaume Blanchard, 24, arrived in Shanghai in March with an MBA from a business school in Montpellier, France, a passion for extreme sports and empty pockets. ... at home in France, with its 10 per cent unemployment and excess of qualified people. He found an internship as a marketing assistant for Quiksilver, an American manufacturer of sports and leisure ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/526992
  8. Rival projects tell tall tales of two cities

    Posted Oct 07th 2003, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... will house a five-storey hotel, offices, retail space, sports, leisure and eating facilities. More than 30,000 people will be able to work there and it will provide underground parking for 800 cars. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/430272/rival-projects-tell-tall-tales-two-cities
  9. Pop culture wins star billing as means to broaden economy

    Posted Oct 06th 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... in this segment,' he said. Mr Zhou said the sectors with the greatest potential were medicine, culture, sports, entertainment, food and beverage and domestic service. The culture industry had important ... Olympic sports stars, most of the stars of our entertainment world are Hong Kong, Taiwanese and South Korean performers who earn our money,' he said. What Mr Zhou did not say ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/519281/pop-culture-wins-star-billing-means-broaden-economy
  10. In her father's footsteps

    Posted Nov 08th 2009, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... brick building, with bunk-bed dormitories for boy and girl students, a large room on the ground floor for social occasions like concerts and what was then the largest indoor sports hall ... is a short distance away. Corkey organised classes at the YMCA in English, Japanese and mathematics, as well as Bible study, a choir, concerts and sports events. He held parties and a free dinner ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/697652/her-fathers-footsteps

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